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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Intercessions ~ Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Christ Emmanuel ~ God is with us.

October is Respect Life Month./ We pray for babies who are in the first month of life within the womb./ We pray for their mothers and fathers,/ asking for them gifts of generosity and strength./ We pray to the Lord.

In Respect Life Month we pray for prisoners around the world,/ asking for their inner healing and the conversion of  hearts to the truth of God's love./ We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for those who suffer from Ebola/ and for health care workers who assist the sick or who research for a cure./ And as Africa is begging for a global response of compassionate assistance/ we pray for the world's heart to be moved./ We pray to the Lord.

Pope Paul VI spoke to the United Nations General Assembly on October 4th, 1965./ He said, "War never again; never again war."/  We pray boldly/ asking God for the conversion of human hearts to the things of justice,/ which creates peace./ We pray to the Lord.

As there are meetings in Rome preparing the agenda for next years Synod on the Family,/ we pray to stop blaming others for the threats to marriage and family life./ We ask rather, / that we would know ourselves truly/ and set out to find healing where selfishness tires,/ strains and ruins family relationships./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask for that true religious freedom which is interior./ For freedom from self-pity,/ addictions,/ ingratitude,/ hurtful impatience,/ and those actions which leave others lonely and unattended./ We pray to the Lord.

We ask God for the good health we need to do our work and to love our families./ We pray in solidarity with the sick,/ the fearful and depressed,/ the wounded,/ the dying and those with special needs and challenges,/ We pray to the Lord.

Finally we pray for all the dead/ asking Jesus to welcome them into the heavenly banquet which is shared here at Mass./ We pray to the Lord.


  1. Let us pray that Church leaders will be open to the changes that modern times has brought to our lives and welcome all believers into the Catholic Church.

  2. At night, before sleeping, I sit with these Intercessions and pray for what is important in the world and to me. They do more for me personally than the wrote prayers I would recite before bed.

  3. What do you think the average cleric wants to see as a result of the synod on families? Would you say that the typical parish priest would like to see the Church adopt change?

    1. St. Philo of Alexandria said, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle." I'd like to see our Church become more welcoming and kind. We spend too much time identifying a Christian's standing by sexual ideals. I heard of an Eastern Orthodox bishop who spent some weeks in a parish, living with the local priest. After some weeks at the Sunday liturgy the bishop asked the priest, "Who is the couple not receiving Communion each week?" The priest said, "Their first marriages failed and they are only married civilly." "How long have they been without Communion?" the bishop further asked. "Three years," the priest answered. "Hear their confession and invite them back to Communion, they've done penance long enough." A lot of Catholics would get up in arms about this, but I understand it and think it was very kind and helpful. I wish we could look in that direction. Most of the people I know are trying very hard to live lives of integrity and goodness.

    2. Thank you for your candid reply. If the folks I knew refrained from receiving Communion because they were married twice, the line would be very empty indeed. I agree we spend too much time on needless things, but still, do you not think that there should be some guidelines towards discretion? Yes, there are many people living lives of integrity and goodness, but there are also people who live their lives who disregard all the rules and do whatever they please. I hope we will get some sense of balance between punishing rules and wanton disregard of everything traditional. It is a very confusing time to live in.

    3. Oh surely there would need to be guidelines. The clergy would need to be re-educated. But the clergy need a renewal anyway. I think priests throw lots of people away. You know the columns outside St. Peter's in Rome? They are shaped like arms - arms that are gathering the whole world in an embrace. I would like for the Church to be seen that way. One Cardinal asked at the synod if the Church could scrap the phrase "living in sin." What an accusation to make against someone, "You're living in sin." You don't win people to Jesus that way. Your concern that we might become a Church of "wanton disregard" won't happen. We are so far from wanton disregard - we needn't worry.

  4. With so many things going on around us, I thank you for helping to focus prayers where they are most needed. Let us pray indeed!

  5. Peace be with you Father Stephen. For all that you do to teach us God's true Word.

  6. Look forward to your posts everyday Father. Thanks for the effort, you put into helping us "Keep the Faith".